The journey for Dominic Bendall-Court continues, having impressed in Australia Dom is now back in the UK preparing his visa to travel back to Australia and hook up with Gold Coast United again for 2019 season. Read about Dom’s journey directly on the Gold Coast United Website and watch some footage of him in training.
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Summer Tour in 2016 was a fantastic trip and we as a football family made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. In 2017 we have something new and even more special planned for you. We will first travel to the United Kingdom and stay near London for 1 week from July 22nd to July 29th, we will then travel to Oslo, Norway to take part in the Norway Cup July 29th to August 6th and then we will travel back to the UK for a further week August 6th to August 13th.
Norway Cup – https://norwaycup.no/en/
A picture paints a thousand words, so here are videos for each of the age groups from the Sangju Cup 2016.
Well done to all the players, parents and coaches. There were some great victories and many learning experiences. The standard of the tournament was again Elite and professional level and competing is helping us grow as teams and individuals. There may have been more losses than victories this weekend, however we take victories in individual moments of brilliance which showcase what our players have learnt in the past months. We will keep working hard week in week out and one day soon we will take home a title.
Girl’s BIFS MS Soccer secure the TREBLE
This past weekend BIFS MS Soccer traveled to Jeju Island for the KISAC Red Tournament. The girls team, comprised of Captain – Eve Seeberg, Goal Keeper – Marnie Stutsel, Defensive Line – Ali Zakirova, Erika Manrique, Midfield – Grace Montiero, Zoe Shields, Cayetana Pendergast, SeNa Julsdorf, and Striker – Kira Seggerty faced tough competition, but came out victorious; claiming their third trophy this season and making a clean sweep of all KISAC and SKAC tournaments.
The Bears started the day against Branksome Hall with a quick goal from midfield by Monteiro, rousing the girl’s spirits to knock in five more goals (overall: Monteiro – 2, Seggerty – 2, Pendergast – 2) for a win of 6-0. Our strong defensive line allowed very few shots on goal.
The second game brought the Bears against North London Collegiate- Second Team. The girls maintained their style of football with quick passing, fast-paced attacks, and a solid defense that brought the girls their second victory of the day with a 2-0 win (overall: Seggerty – 1, Shields – 1). Shields made a superb shot wide of the goal, utilizing a newly learned technique of curving the ball in to score. This was followed by an excellent run up the field by Seggerty to secure our second goal.
Nerves ran high as the girls entered the semi-finals facing a hard-hitting ISK team. Both teams played to their highest level, giving the supporters a fantastic game of quality football to watch. Clean passes allowed both teams to make quick breaks and really challenged the defensive lines. After an early goal by ISK, Pendergast came in clutch to calm the nerves of everyone on and off the field with a smooth knock-in, tying the game right before half time. Going into the second half, the Bears tirelessly shot on goal and managed to rack up three more goals; one being a brilliant run from the defensive side by Zakirova (overall: Pendergast – 1, Seggerty – 2, Zakirova – 1). Thanks to unwavering goal keeping, Stutsel made countless quality saves, throwing her body on the line to keep the ISK team to only two goals for a Bears victory of 4 – 2 and a spot in the Championship game.
Preparing for the final game of the tournament and of the season, the girls yearned to defend the KISAC Red title BIFS had won last year and to become three peat winners for the 2015 MS Soccer Season. The Bears faced North London Collegiate – First Team in the Championship game. Previously defeating this team in a prior tournament, the girls were confident, despite exhaustion setting in. The game kept all supporters on the edge of their seats as the ball moved quickly between both teams, forcing the Bears to employ their strongest defending and smartest passing, yet. With outstanding touches and crisp passes, the Bears moved the ball down the field, allowing Shields to make a smart read of her teammates and move into position to complete an excellent shot, putting the Bears one goal closer to victory. With this goal, the energy on the field was renewed and the girls stepped up their game, putting the pressure on North London. The Bears fought ferociously for the title and employing techniques learned earlier in the year, made an excellent pass from midfield to draw the defenders to the side, which released Seggerty to make the final goal of the day, clenching the title for the Bears in a 2 – 1 win (overall: Shields – 1, Seggerty – 1).
The girl’s team showed excellence all season long on and off the field, playing hard, playing fair, and showing true sportsmanship at every event. They played with their hearts and souls in every game and truly deserved the winning trophy. Even more amazing was to see how this group came together from all corners of the globe and played as one team; every player being as valuable as the next, making strong plays on the field and being supportive and spirited off the field. Congratulations, Bears! We could not be more proud of you!
BOYS MS SOCCER
Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys gave a great account of themselves at the KISAC Red Jeju tournament, putting together all they learnt throughout the season.
This past week the MS Soccer program again traveled to Handong International school and competed for the SKAC Futsal championships. Having enjoyed great success in the preliminaries in Daegu in September where the girls and boys Varisty both went undefeated and the boys JV only lost one game, the travelling team was in a confident mood. The day started well with all teams getting early wins and playing some excellent flowing football.
BIFS girls were early favourites having convincingly defeated all opposition scoring 11 and only conceding 1 in the group stages against a talented ISK team, thanks to superb saves from Marnie Stutsel and resolute defending from Captain Eve Seeberg as well as some potent goal scoring from Grace Monterio, Zoe Shields, Cayetana Pendergast and Kira Seggerty. The boys suffered a tough loss to HIS in the group stages going down 2-1, but there was plenty to be excited about with a spread of goals and some creative combination play resulting in goals from Danial Crichton, Marin Ikac and Theo Spjeld. Our JV boys dominated games with their intelligent passing football but could not quite find the cutting edge in front of goal to finish games off captained by the superb Jaylen Cuthbertson in goal making 2 world class saves which were applauded by the on looking crowd, goals from Kyle Park, Louis Van Der Wel and Sean Toms were well deserved and the boys move forward knowing they played good football and built upon the foundations which will ultimately bring them success.
The Varsity boys advanced to the semi final having won 2 – 0 in the quarter final. In the semi they met a big and strong BLICS team however the BLICS team was no match for the BIFS slick football and individual skill in the final third. The BIFS boys bombarded the BLICS goal with attack after attack, if it were not for a outstanding performance from the BLICS goalkeeper the BIFS boys would have advanced. Unfortunately a lucky goal saw the boys go down 1 – 0, in the words of Joint Captian Marin Ikac “Sometimes I am disappointed when I leave the field after a loss, today I know we did everything we possibly could have done to win.” The BIFS boys will travel to Jeju in confident mood.
The girls played a spirited GIFS teams in the semi final, a team they had beaten earlier in the day, however it was not to be as simple this time around the GIFS girls gave their travelling support a lot to cheer coming from 2 goals down to level the game 2-2 at half time. There was clearly some nerves in the BIFS camp but with second half goals from Monterio and Shields BIFS came out on top 4-2. The final was rightly billed as game of the day. The talented ISK team came out even more resolute than in the group game and pushed BIFS high up the field. BIFS scored with a goal from Seggerty which released a little tension on the BIFS bench, however the ISK girls came back even stronger. if it were not for great saves from Stutsel and the post Frida Slatmen of ISK would have had a hat-trick. In the second half the game had a more end to end outlook with few chances at either end due to incredibly strong defending. The first half goal from Seggerty proved the difference, with both teams cancelling each other out in the second half, the final score 1-0 in favour of BIFS. There were tears of joy at the final whistle as the BIFS MS Girls claimed their second trophy of the year and keep alive the dream of the treble as they travel to Jeju this weekend, not to forget defending their futsal title from 2014. The triumphant girls team were Marnie Stutsel, Eve Seeberg, Se Na Julsdorf, Erika Manrique Zoe Shields, Grace Monterion, Cayetana Pendergast, Kira Seggerty, Ali Zakirova
Great job to both teams and all the players. A big thank you to the Rising Stars soccer Coaches who have tirelessly coached and travelled with the kids this season.
MS soccer has one last contest this coming weekend in Jeju Island for the KISAC Red Tournament and will have a great time travelling and competing with the KISAC schools from Seoul and Jeju Island. Good luck to all!
Busan MOE Cup Busan I’Park Girls Football Festival. 부산광역시교육감배 부산아이파크 유소녀 축구 페스티벌
2-5pm Sunday 22, ALL players should attend the opening ceremony watching K league match (2KO Busan vs. Jeonnam)Gudeok Stadium 구덕운동장
57 Mangyngro, Seogu, Busan
부산 서구 망양로 57.
At half time, draw for the schedule and the ceremony will be done. Match schedule is changeable if teams agree then.
Saturday 28th & 29th
9-5pm Saturday 28th
Preliminary league at some schools.
9-5pm Sunday 29th
Final round including Cannon shot competition and face painiting at
Busan Asiad Main Stadium the Auxiliary pitch.
Busan Asiad Main Stadium
344 Worldcupdaero, Yeonjegu, Busan.
부산 연제구 월드컵대로 344 부산아시아드주경기장
Friends and family are welcome to the events.
About ten U15 teams and four U12 teams are to play.
Awards for the champs-3rd place, mvp, coach and souvenirs will be given.
The Rising Star Football Academy summer tour to Europe 2016 is already in the planning. The summer tour is a wonderful experience for the players and provides a platform for them to demonstrate their talent to a wider audience, as well as developing their cultural horizons. In 2014 and 2015 we visited the Norway Cup and had a superb experience, making lasting memories.
Many parents have already expressed the desire to commit to the tour for 2016 so here is the first instalment.
In an attempt to reduce costs and having surveyed the accommodation and accessibility for the DANA Cup we will most likely take the ‘Stay in School’ option in Denmark and the hotel option in Norway. All standard meals will be covered in the cost.
First we must choose which tour length is most desirable for the majority of our players.
This is the link to the google form to express your preference, or opt out of further communication about the summer tour –
**This is not a commitment just to gauge interest**
The cost above is very much an approximate guesstimation it could be a little bit lower or a little bit higher, but it won’t vary extremely. Factors include corporate sponsorship and booking costs.
Option One – 2 weeks – July 25th – August 6th 2016
Dana Cup – Hjorring – http://www.danacup.com/index.php/en/
Norway Cup – Oslo – http://www.norwaycup.no/en/
Travelling from Korea Approx Cost – $2500
Making your own way and meeting us in Denmark Approx Cost – $1500
Option Two – 1 Week – July 31st – August 6th 2016
Travelling from Korea Approx Cost – $2000
Making your own way and meeting us in Norway Approx Cost – $800
Flights and flight times are currently an excellent price. The earlier we book the better the price
We will also seek Corporate Sponsorship for the tour. Last year Horizon Resources International, Inpex, Sticky Fingers and the Wolfhound sponsored the tour and received excellent exposure in the local community, expat community, national and international media. We are hopeful that we can receive sponsorship again. If your company would like to assist please let me know.
In the lead up to the tour we hold some fundraising events to cover extra activities such as extra special team meals, activities (theme parks, football or event visits, or others)
Age Groups & Categories
Depending on those who wish to tour this summer we will look at the possible age groups and categories which best fit our group. The minimum age of any player for this tour will be those born in 2006 and the maximum age those born in 1997. If your son or daughter falls outside that age group then let’s have a conversation to see if there is something we can work out.
We are excited to get booked up and ready for 2016. Join the event on Facebook for latest;
Throughout the course of 2015 we will be providing a spotlight on different aspects of the game. This week we are focusing on Tricks! Tricks are fun and help players improve their concentration, poise and touch. Coaches have contributed their favourite tricks, not all are difficult and we would like you to try and replicate as well as innovate and send us some of your own tricks.
Day 1 – Coach Andy – ‘The Crostar’
Day 2 – Coach Marc – ‘The Marcabulous’
Day 3 – Coach Michelle – ‘The Dorothy’
Day 4 – Coach James – ‘The Poise’